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Why you need it: This move works your shoulders through a range of motion that we use often during daily activities, Richey says. Whether you need to lift your baby overhead or put a heavy box on the top shelf in the closet, this exercise helps strengthen your shoulders and your upper back in a very functional way.
How to do it: Begin standing with your feet hip-width apart, holding a set of 3- or 5-pound dumbbells (Richey recommends starting lighter and then progressing to heavier weight) with your thumbs pointing up. Keeping your thumbs up is a safer position for your shoulder joint during this move, Richey says. Reach your arms out in front of your chest in a wide ‘V,' hold for one count, and then squeeze your shoulder blades together as you raise your arms overhead into a 'V.' Slowly lower arms to starting position. Do two sets of 15 reps.
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